Nickey Vinegaroon Genie CanAm Car For Sale

Dan Blocker’s Nickey Vinegaroon (Genie Mk10) is a meticulously restored and completely documented 1960’s USRRC / Can-Am sports racing car. The car was originally built by Joe Huffaker in 1965 for Dan Blocker Racing and driven by John Cannon in the 1965 and 1966 USRRC and Canadian sports car series. After finishing 2nd in the 1965 Nassau Tourist Trophy race, the car won the 1966 season opening Las Vegas Stardust Grand Prix USRRC race. The primary sponsor of the car was Nickey Chevrolet. In mid 1966, Bob Harris, a noted Hollywood stunt man, took over the Vinegaroon driving duties. The car was campaigned in the remaining USRRC races that year and participated in the inaugural Can-Am season in the fall of 1966. Its best Can-Am finish was 11th at the Stardust finale. The car passed through three owners before being discovered in the late 1980’s by Floyd Sable of Eden Prairie, Minnesota. After an eight year restoration, the car made its vintage racing debut in 1998 at Road America. Sable sold the Vinegaroon to Tom Stephani in November of 2002. Stephani is the son of one of the original owners of Nickey Chevrolet. From 2003 to the present, Stephani has run the car in significant vintage events at tracks such as Road America, Mt. Tremblant, Watkins Glen, Sebring, Mosport, VIR, Mid-Ohio, and the prestigious Monterey Historics. Vintage Event History

  • Road America BRIC – 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008
  • Monterey Historics – 2008
  • Sebring HSR – 2005
  • VIR Gold Cup – 2006
  • Watkins Glen Zippo Historics – 2006
  • Mosport – 2006, 2008 (Can-Am Reunion)
  • Le Circuit Mt. Tremblant – 2007
  • Pacific Raceways – 2009
  • Historic Can-Am Award – 2005 Road America
  • Pole Winner – 40th Can-Am @ Road America & Watkins Glen Can-Am Reunion
  • Winner – Elkhart Lake Road & Track Concours
  • Amelia Island Concours – 2006
  • Chevy Vettefest – 2006
  • Watkins Glen Research Center Display – 2007
  • California Auto Museum – Sacramento 2008 – 2009

For inquiries, contact Tom at 815-861-9333 or fill out the contact page.

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4 thoughts on “Nickey Vinegaroon Genie CanAm Car For Sale

  1. Richard Stephani

    I am the son of William J. Stephani who was the brother of your, I guess, grandfather Edward. Dad came East in 1906 to manage a terra cotta factory about 12 miles south of Phila.,married twice and the rest of the relationship is TOO COMPLICATED to go into now!! Please inform me if any of my cousins Ed, Jack, or Jean are still living. I would really like to catch up w/ the Chicago branch………(Hope we beat you for Lord Stanley Cup, tho!!). My wife, Patte and I visited the whole Chi family in 1957 or so. We used to trade Xmas cardsd w/ Jean up to a few years ago. Awaiting your reply.

  2. The car that won the 1966 Las Vegas USRRC had a different front bodywork than this car. See Sports Car Graphic June 1966. The SCG car was hit by Mark Donahoe during the Watkins Glen 1966 USRRC and partially or completely destroyed. This car does not have the special front body (that was inspired by the McLaren 1965 raced during the Fall Pro Series).

  3. Hi,
    Yes, the car that won Vegas earlier in the year had the original Genie body. That body was destroyed in the Glen crash with Donohue. The new body that was fitted after the crash and re-build was very similar to the body that is currently on the car. Not sure what differences that you are referring to. You can contact me if desired on my other email account if you have interest in the car or more questions.

  4. Hello Tom:

    I left voice mail for you on Monday. Are you planning on entering the Vinegaroon as part of this week’s Mecum Spring auction roster? I will be in attendance TH, F & Saturday.

    I was going through some of my dad’s paperwork on Sunday and found a significant letter addressed to my dad (Richard Gore) at our residence in Elk Grove Village. The letter is from Dan Blocker (Hoss) postmarked early 1966, The envelope return address simply states Paramount Studios, Hollywood, California. The letter opens with an apology for the delay in sending due to extensive travel and ornery location shooting with Paramount pictures. Dan then spoke of his first visit to Nickey’s and it conveys his gratitude to dad for all his help during his first stay in Chicago. Beyond this Dan expressed the pride he felt in being able to join your Dad Jack, your uncle Ed, John Wathen and Al Seelig in his uniquely personal position on the Nickey sales team. It also mentions his being a continuing member of the team and his being able to say all of this to my father in person during his many visits to come that year.
    Tom I don’t know if you have a letter of this type in the Nickey archives. You are welcome to a copy for the history of the Vinegaroon (Genie MK10).

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